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Struggling green firm hits out at failed government policies

23 Oct 14

NWS is the latest Green Deal provider to be stung by slow uptake of the government retrofit schemes

BBC TV Centre

Mace soars to top spot with £350m BBC TV Centre deal

23 Oct 14

Revamp of iconic studios sees Mace top table, with Kier and Costain also strong performers in September


UN asks RICS to develop global business ‘climate toolkit’

23 Oct 14

Climate Summit in New York asks professional body to help focus on measures for built environment

Emma Reynolds

Labour insists its not 'anti-housebuilder'

23 Oct 14

Shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds says big housebuilders “essential” but land banking must stop

construction site

£750m consultants’ framework to go live as legal row ‘stayed’

17 Oct 14

Controversial government procurement framework finally ready despite T&T’s compensation claim


Lead times July-Sept 2014

Lead times: July-September 2014

20 Oct 14

Although there are only four trades reporting an increase in lead times this quarter, there are 10 trades that anticipate increases in the next six months

More data


Top 150 consultants 2014

Top 150 consultants 2014: Let the good times roll

17 Oct 14

There’s an upbeat mood in this year’s Top 150 consultants survey with strong growth and jobs being created. It’s now just a matter of finding the staff to keep it going

Scunthorpe steelworks

Image of the week: Goodbye to the age of steel?

17 Oct 14

Scunthorpe steelworks, which is set to be sold by owner Tata Steel

Tender package

Building at Construction Rocks 2014

17 Oct 14

The great and the good of UK construction took to the stage at The Vaults in London


JTI Building

Skin deep: SOM's JTI Building in Geneva

22 Oct 14

SOM’s JTI building in Geneva uses a revolutionary facade that optimises daylight and transparency while meeting tight Swiss regulatory requirements



Hansom: Known unknowns

17 Oct 14

The year 2014 is an unnerving place - nobody’s sure how many chimneys Battersea Power Station has, Bob the Builder has the face of a child, and an app can summon hordes to your door to devour your leftovers

Project news

Make scheme for Derwent in Charlotte Street

Derwent dusts off £150m Saatchi building revamp

9 Oct 14

Exclusive: Three contractors in the running for Derwent’s redevelopment of the Saatchi & Saatchi office building in central London

240 Blackfriars - incident

Pane of glass falls from London office building

7 Oct 14

Pane of glass falls several stories onto pavement from office construction site, but fortunately no one injured

Theatr Bryn Terfel

Further woe for Miller's problem theatre

7 Oct 14

Opening show at Bangor University theatre cancelled after being pushed back five months

Royal Mail's Mount Pleasant site

Boris gives go-ahead to Mount Pleasant scheme

3 Oct 14

Mayor of London approves controversial development on site currently occupied by Royal Mail sorting office in Farringdon


Developer warns over viability of Ebbsfleet garden city

3 Oct 14

Developer of government-backed garden city says it is “struggling” to make 15,000-home scheme viable

South shields

Green light for £100m South Shields scheme

30 Sep 14

Muse Developments and South Tyneside council searching for contractor

Sketch of the week

SOTW 1710

Sketch of the week: Rothenburg market square

17 Oct 14

This week’s sketch is by Bryan Avery, principal of Avery Associates Architects.


Toy house

Always read the label: Home performance labelling

16 Oct 14

The amount of consumer information for home buyers is pitiful, but now a pilot project will test what better home performance labelling might look like in practice


Sarah Richardson

Balfour Beatty's chance

17 Oct 14 | By Sarah Richardson

Could new chief executive Leo Quinn be the right person to breathe new life into the firm?

Nick Raynsford

Expect the unexpected

17 Oct 14 | By Nick Raynsford

The really exciting thing about next May’s general election is how unpredictable it is. But there is one thing you can be sure of: the outcome matters for construction


Model by BIMTechnologies

CPD 30 2014: Ensuring data accuracy on BIM projects

15 Oct 14

The latest module in our CPD series considers the importance of consistent, accurate data in the BIM process, and the key role played by manufacturers in providing it. This module is sponsored by British Gypsum


Curtain walling - Wicona

What to specify: Cladding

21 Oct 14

This week’s cladding products include the refurbishment of a high-rise building at the Darmstadt University in Germany, and wall cladding for a home on the banks of the River Tay

From the archive

Rocking all over the world

This week in 2004

17 Oct 14

Building’s report from 10 years ago on ‘QS mania’

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